4 January 2000
Dribbles and faucets on the Lae`apuki bench
A weak dribble of lava over the sea cliff above the west end of the bench has been fairly persistent for the past two weeks. The lava comes from active surface pahoehoe above the cliff. Most of the lava entering the ocean does not take this route, however. Instead, it flows in shallow tubes over the cliff to the bench below. Once on the bench, the lava can either flow along the surface or, most often, continue in tubes that feed the pahoehoe covering most of the bench surface. During the past two days, the bench pahoehoe has been inflating noticeably as the input from the tubes exceeds the output into the sea. This morning, breakouts from cracks in the surface of the inflating flow were prominent near the front of the bench. Most lava entering the ocean is coming from the inflating flow.
13 January 2000
Lava covers Royal Gardens private access road
Smoke flow moves slowly through forest
Lae`apuki bench still active
Map of lava flows near ocean, 17 January 2000
Large map. Map shows lava flows (bright yellow) on Pulama pali and coastal plain active since early December. Lava reached the ocean at Highcastle (west of Lae`apuki) on December 13 and at the Lae`apuki bench December 17-18; Highcastle is no longer active. The eastern part of the active flow field reached the Royal Gardens private access road (blue dashed line) on January 13. The Smoke flow is the flow that bends eastward toward the private road. Its east arm is the narrow three-fingered yellow flow. The west flow feeds the Lae`apuki bench.
Eruption-viewing opportunities change constantly, so those readers planning a visit to the volcano should contact Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park for the most current eruption information (tel. 808-985-6000).
Updated: 6 June 2000 (SRB and DAS)